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The Rights of Man (Classics)

Paine, Thomas

Verlag: Penguin Books, US, 1976
ISBN 10: 0140400117 / ISBN 13: 9780140400113
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Titel: The Rights of Man (Classics)

Verlag: Penguin Books, US

Erscheinungsdatum: 1976

Einband: Paperback

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0140400117 Very good. Some creasing. Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Buchnummer des Verkäufers LOWER7NKR755

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Inhaltsangabe: Thomas Paine. His writings have been before the world for the past hundred years, and as long as men love liberty and earnest, straightforward speech, so long will the words of Thomas Paine be read. The task of editing this present issue of the Rights of Man has not been exactly a light one, for on comparing the modern editions with one of 1791 I found them very faulty ;words are left out altogether, wrong words substituted for right, whole paragraphs (amounting in all to several pages) omitted, and even a sentence interpolated. The interpolated sentence was evidently originally intended as a footnote, but in printing it became carried into the text, where, as an utterance of the year i79i it is singularly out of place. On comparing some of the early editions I found that these also varied a little, the variations in some cases being due to Paines own corrections. In order to present the best reading possible, I have consulted theist edition (J ohnson s, 1791), the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, and 8th (J ordan s, 1791 and 1792), Symonds cheap edition (1792) which I am informed by Mr. M. D. Conway was carefully revised by Paine himself a Dublin edition (P. Byrne, 1791), the 2nd French edition (B uisson, 1793), Carlile s(1819), a New York edition (1830), a Glasgow edition (1833), Cousins (1837), Edward Truelove s, James Watson sedition (published by himself, Holyoake Co., and Frederick Farrah), the Freethought Publishing Company s(1883), J. M. Wheeler s(1891), and M. D. Conway s(1894). Fourteen of these I have compared word for word, and the remainder I have looked through most carefully. The earliest in which I found verbal alterations (probably for the most part due to careless press reading) was the Watson edition ;those which followed (I do not include Mr. Truelove s, which is undated, nor Mr. Conway s) contain not only the errors of the Watson edition, but variati
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About The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine

Rights of Man, a book by Thomas Paine, including 31 articles, posits that popular political revolution is permissible when a government does not safeguard the natural rights of its people. Using these points as a base it defends the French Revolution against Edmund Burke's attack in Reflections on the Revolution in France. Paine was a very strong supporter of the French Revolution that began in 1789; he visited France the following year. Many English thinkers supported it, including Richard Price, who initiated the Revolution Controversy with his sermon and pamphlet drawing favourable parallels between the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and the French Revolution. Conservative intellectual Edmund Burke responded with a counter-revolutionary attack entitled Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), which strongly appealed to the landed class and sold 30,000 copies.Paine's Rights of Man was printed by Joseph Johnson for publication on 21 February 1791, then withdrawn for fear of prosecution. J. S. Jordan stepped in and published it on 16 March. The 90,000-word book appeared on 13 March, three weeks later than scheduled. It sold as many as one million copies and was, "eagerly read by reformers, Protestant dissenters, democrats, London craftsman, and the skilled factory-hands of the new industrial north."

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